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Reel in Some Family Fun with New Jersey Free Fishing Days 2022

Reel in Some Family Fun with New Jersey Free Fishing Days 2022

Grab your poles and get ready for plenty of family fun on New Jersey’s Free Fishing Days.

This post has been updated with New Jersey’s 2022 dates. 

Free Fishing Days in New Jersey

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or someone who wants to take the kids to the lake for a little fishing, New Jersey free fishing days are a great way to get out there and get your feet wet. This year New Jersey has two FREE fishing days. One in the Spring and another in the Fall.  On these special days fishing is allowed on New Jersey’s public waters without a license or trout stamp. This is a great way to enjoy some good old fashioned family fun and teach the kids how to fish! 

New Jersey Free Fishing Days


Mark your calendar now to take advantage of the New Jersey Free Fishing Days. The Spring date is Saturday, June 4th and coincides with National Fishing and Boating Week. The second date, Saturday, October 22nd, allows you to take advantage of the fall trout stocking.

All other fishing regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect. Fishing on any other day require a fishing license for anyone over 16 year old.

My kids love to fish and we’ve been taking them as soon as they could walk but we’re always encouraging our friends and family who want to give fishing a try, to join us on one of the free fishing days. Usually it’s not long before they’re hooked on fishing too.

Free Fishing Day New Jersey

Fishing is a great hobby for the entire family. It’s a great way to just get outside and unplug. You’ll learn about nature, all different species of fish and most of all create family memories that they whole family will cherish.

boy fishing on dock at lake

New Jersey has some other fun programs throughout the year as well. Check out these programs and events for fishing fun all year long:


New Jersey fishing fans can also try their luck in the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s “Hook-A-Winner” program. More than 1,000 trout have been jaw tagged and are distributed as part of the spring trout stocking program. These fish are stocked throughout the state and are available beginning opening day.

If you’re one of the lucky anglers who lands one of these fish, you’ll be mailed a certificate and an award patch. Learn how to collect your certificate and more about the “Hook-A-Winner” program here.


For more FREE fishing fun, a Fishing Derbies is a great way for kids to get excited about fishing. With everything going on with this virus, I’m not sure many fishing derbies are being held this year but I will definitely update this list as it plays out.

catfish caught while fishing

Fishing Derbies are a fun way for kids to try their hand at fishing and best of all these events are free to the public. Know of a fishing derby in your town, send me a message and I’ll add it to the list.

girl holding trophy at fishing derby

The Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program‘s Youth Fishing Challenge is a free statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. It looks like this event will be held in October, on the second free fishing date in the State.

 In 2022 it will be held on June 5, 2022.

Registered youth participants may be eligible to receive prizes for the fish they catch during the event. Youth must be present at the end of the event to be awarded prizes.

Free Fishing Days New Jersey

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